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Disc brake road hubs

BurghleyBurghley Posts: 412
edited November 2007 in Workshop

Is it possible to buy disc brake hubs/wheels for a road bike (i.e. 130mm) as I am thinking of building a cross bike? Have tried the usual online bike stores and eBay without success.

Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.


miles more cycling comfort


  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    a good question......

    I've been digging around with this recently myself

    .....and they are thin on the ground

    Hope will be able to make one up for you as a special order I'm pretty sure.

    but off the shelf, I'll tell you who DON'T seem to do them:

    DT: the 240s - website doesn't list 130mm rear disc ... /240s.aspx
    King: again no 130mm disc
    American Classic: ditto

    Another option is to re-space a XT or XTR to 130. I've done this in the past but in the opposite direction - so I could run 700c wheels on a mtb frame. You just need a box of old spacers and axles and it's fairly straighforward. Having said that the newer MTB hubs have more intricate sealing than in the past so it may not be that straightforward.

    ...I'll do some more digging
    Facts are meaningless, you can use facts to prove anything that's remotely true! - Homer
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Most disc-compatible cross frames use 135mm rear dropout width solely for this reason - i.e. you can use standard MTB hubs. Others have 132.5mm so can be used with either.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    good point. My Airborne Carpe Diem is 132.5mm.

    It 's closer to 130 in practice though :wink:
    Facts are meaningless, you can use facts to prove anything that's remotely true! - Homer
  • If you respace a Shimano, you have may have problems due to the length of the big rubber seal.

    Your best bet is probably hope - although they don't list it, they sell the parts to make your oen (i.e. Pro2 disk shell, with a pro2 road axle), and would probably sell you onw if you asked nicely.

    If you're interested, I have a disk cross front wheel for sale cheap at the moment. The rim has been battered, but it doesn't matter too much with a disc brake. It's a CXP33 rim laced to a Real disc hub. £25 plus postage (or collect from Bristol).

  • BurghleyBurghley Posts: 412

    Many thanks for all the helpful advice.

    I was considering getting myself another custom XACD frame from China. If I do I will specify 135 rear dropouts like Monty and get my LBS to build some 700c on mountain bike hubs for me.

    By the way Monty - any chance of some photos of your cross bike? I am also interested in your opinion of titanium cross forks.

    (p dot lucas at burghley dot net)


    miles more cycling comfort
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